@vaughnbros It just never really comes up. much rather have one less dead card.

@j-b-e I have a question: so far your posts seem to follow the same general program- β€œI have this really great brew/tweak to an existing archetype, it’s the best! Please give me feedback.” Followed by you telling everyone their feedback is wrong. If you have a really good pile of 75 and you have results to back up your list what feedback are you looking for? Compliments?

Additionally, I do have feedback. Are you positive including DRS in the main and transitioning into a normal BUG Leo control deck post sideboard isn’t better than trying to jam a combo susceptible to counterspells, removal, and Cage/Priest (that most people have access to and want against your main plan anyhow?)

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I'm new to TMD and just put up 2 lists I was pretty happy with, actually have got good feedback on ways to improve both the lists and have made changes. I won't post another list anyway.

Yeah DRS into a normal BUG Leo could be the way to go what would you suggest?

The combo isn't susceptible to Cage only to Containment Priest but yeah I'll try a control transformation.

@j-b-e I think you could probably just have some traditional sideboard cards? Leyline and Energy Flux? Along with 2 Leo, a Jace, and whatever else?

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I'm new to TMD and just put up 2 lists I was pretty happy with, actually have got good feedback on ways to improve both the lists and have made changes. I won't post another list anyway.

You should absolutely feel free to keep posting your lists, it's just that the regulars here tend to gravitate toward tournament players, and when you have a list that's outside the usual (like this one), it helps to be more in depth, and go deeper into the details about what you think is special about the deck. As Carl Sagan says, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence πŸ™‚

I noticed you said

"I think this is just a better deck than Oath of Druids, very similar in that you both want to resolve a 1G spell, but this is a one card combo that is able to transform away from any hate."

But I don't know if I follow. This list is running 7 support cards (Bridge/Dread/Narco/Deep/LabMan) to make the combo work. An Oath deck runs a lot fewer ... and those cards are sometimes things like Emrakul, Griselbrand, and Show and Tell, which you're sideboarding into anyway. It should be a lot EASIER to transform an Oath deck into an OmniTell deck than it is transform a Hermit Druid list into one. Oath is probably the easiest deck to transform into or out of.

On the other hand Hermit Druid never requires a Forbidden Orchard the way Oath of Druids sometimes does, so there's definitely something to explore there.

I know you mentioned you haven't had a chance to play it in a tournament yet. How about testing? How has that gone? What decks/strategies do you seem to have the most trouble with?


Fair I didn't really go into a huge amount of detail and just focused on the fun part of seeing your opponent bring in 8 dead cards.

Yes but I did say I was going out on a limb, it's a bold claim and could well not be true πŸ™‚

As for the dead cards, the only completely dead ones are the bridges, you can cast Dread Return, it doesn't come up, you can cast the narcos & pitch them to FOW, Lab Man again is castable but not ideal and is deep Analysis.

Definitely easier to transform Oath into OmniTell as you said due to the creatures being in the deck already. The advantage with this transform is that you tend to get your opponent way more in the board with the exception of Containment Priest, however you can play around that.

TBH I think the suggestions from this thread of using Angel of Glory's Rise instead of Deep Analysis are good and I've made that change to the list, didn't fully agree on the Azami, sure it gives you slightly more resilience but Snapcaster probe seems a fraction better and limits the number of dead cards.

You can resolve Oath, untap and not win the game whether it be through not having a Forbiden Orchard or simply that Emrakul wont get it done, tbf Griselbrand does 95+% of the time I would imagine.

Testing has gone really well, it's been quite a long process. The original build had Concordant Crossroads, Cavern of Souls and was just a silly turn 1 win or lose deck.

I think that Thoughtseize is really fantastic in Vintage , so many decks have specific cards in them the deck is trying to find, like Oath, PO etc and being able to take the one card they need leaving the rest is pretty strong.PO especially will keep a hand that either has a PO, Tinker, maybe even a draw 7 and nothing else so the Thoughtseizes are pretty great there.

Aggro Shops is an awful match up game 1, Revoker & Ballista are close to unbeatable, improves a lot game 2 as they tend to weaken their deck a bit bringing in graveyard hate, needles etc and also use Revoker/ Needle to name Hermit Druid.

I like the PO matchup, the hand disruption is very good and they have no way to interact with Druid apart from usually a 1 of bounce card. The problem is they don't have a heavy sideboard for graveyard hate usually just some crypts.

Storm - good matchup, hand disruption is king here.
Oath is usually a good matchup made so by the Abrupt decays, but your show and tell plan can be a little less good if you don't have a discard spell and they draw Grisselbrand. Also unless there's Inferno Titan if you play a druid into an oath, your win percentage is not TERRIBLE, but not great either.

I haven't lost to dredge....yet, but their game 1 Leyline is close to unbeatable. The new Abrupt decay coming out of Ravnica looks like it will slot right into this list.

Big fan of your lists btw Brian, try this one out and see what you think πŸ™‚

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